Zoom Tastings

As we have been unable to run our usual weekly tastings due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have started to run weekly Zoom tastings at 8pm on a Thursday, based around a theme and with three wines per session.

Tasting wines are confirmed in advance of the tasting, with customers able to purchase the wines ahead of the tasting. The tastings last around one hour and are free to join.

To login, please visit zoom.us/join and enter the details below.

Meeting ID: 810 6981 1186
Passcode: xinomavro

Upcoming Tastings

Changing Saisons: Fine Craft Beer
Friday 22nd January, 8pm
The brewing and beer scene has changed enormously over the last forty years, from the homebrewing exploits during the 80s and 90s of many contemporary superstar brewmasters to the gradual merger of huge multinational giants, followed by the incredible proliferation of high quality craft breweries throughout the 2010s. Come with us and explore the delicious origins of tonight's lineup, from warming, wintry dark lager brewed in a Czech castle to Blurred Orange, our special collaboration with Pretty Decent in all its exotic citrus glory. Revel in The Kernel's rare Red Rye Ale, released once a year, before we finish with the the aromatic majesty of DEYA's hop mastery.

DEYA Steady Rolling Man Pale Ale 500ml - £5.60
Theatre of Wine x Pretty Decent Blurred Orange Wheat Beer 440ml - £3.50
The Kernel London Brick Red Rye Ale 330ml - £3.60
Frydlant Castle Brewery Katarina 12 Dark Lager 500ml - £2.80
Total: £15.50

Great Red Grapes: Exploring Syrah
Thursday 28th January, 8pm
Also known as shiraz, the syrah grape variety has become increasingly fashionable across the world, having quietly went about its business in France's Rhone Valley for generations. The inspiration for Cote Rotie, Hermitage and Cornas, syrah is unique among red grapes in bringing together wonderful richness of fruit with abundant spice, exotic floral notes and - with some age - richly meaty flavours. It's the perfect midwinter red, ideal for the dark days of late January and wonderfully versatile with all manner of wintry dishes, from lamb shoulder spiked with rosemary to gutsy Touslouse sausages and polenta. We'll be tasting through the light and elegant style of Trinity Hill in Hawke's Bay, a chunky, polished shiraz from Jolandie Fouchet at Kloovenberg, and finishing with a French classic, the 100% syrah Jean-Luc Jamet Cotes du Rhone which is an insiders tip for value and quality in this increasingly pricey region.

Jean-Luc Jamet Cotes du Rhone 2018, France - £27.30
Trinity Hill Syrah 2017, New Zealand - £17.30
Kloovenberg Shiraz 2017, South Africa - £16.90
Total: £61.50

Gascon Adventure: The Wines of Southwest France
Thursday 4th February, 8pm
For lovers of classically proportioned, structured reds that still well with rustic home cooking, there are few better places in the world to explore than the ancient kingdom of Gascony in southwest France. Here you'll find wines with longer traditions than Bordeaux, a variety of native grapes, and practically unbeatable value, particularly since so many estates seem to have older wines. For whatever reasons, the estates of south west France often have older vintages available at very reasonable prices. Tonight's letter is B, as we try the dense and inky Bouscasse red from Madiran, the structured, elegant Berangeraie Cahors from Cuvee Juline and the mature and meaty Beaulieu from the Marmandais hills. Prepare your pate and plate your terrines!

Bouscasse 2011, Madiran - £18.50
Berangeraie Cuvee Juline 2016, Cahors - £17.90
Beaulieu 2010, Marmandais - £14.50 
Total: £50.90

 Zoom Tastings